28 Mar 2019

Remember the Muscle: Andre Russell to a clueless KXIP

By cricinsane

A jam packed Eden Garden had all it’s money worth as their Purple and Golden army brought down KXIP in a much one sided encounter. The crowd who started filling in the Eden much before the game was about to start, found the loudest voice when DK was put into bat by the co-Tamil Nadu teammate, Ash. For starters, it was Narine to open with Lynn and straight away, the first 6 promised entertainment. Ashwin decided to throw in the debutant mystery spinner Varun Chakraborty in front of the truck who in no time found out how You cannot miss an inch at this level, especially not in a powerplay, especially not when Narine is against You. Call it a captaincy blunder to start with a spinner in front a free flowing caribbean who likes it slow with 2 outside the 30 yard. It was a not so memorable welcome to IPL for Varun who conceded 25 in his first over. Aided by Shami and Hardus Viljoen, KKR were 2 down in no time and it was up to their rescuers from the previous game to stabilise the innings. Robbie and Rana, started the rescue act when suddenly Rana treated Ash like Butler would have loved to, few days back. He bought up his fifty in no time with 7 maximums before getting out to a Mayank Agarwal brilliance in the field. It was then the crowd reached the decibels when DreRuss made his way out. “When DreRuss comes out, everyone is on the boundaries” is the notion, and how this haunted an otherwise rule conscious Ashwin, is a story about how this game is a great leveller. Ash removed RR’s best hitter finding him outside his line the other day, and was now undone by forgetting to keep his fielder inside the circle which gave DreRuss the reprieve that Tye and Shami would remember for ages. It was their turn to face the carnage when all they did, landed in the cheering KKR crowd. Russell who had his infinity stone activated, launched and dismantled every bowler to vanquish. The Hulk of the IPL landed solid hits and the ball kept flying high and long till the ‘Absorbing man’ was buried. “They missed by an inch, He launched them miles away“. The World’s most destructive hitter was the real Thanos, who kept rubishing the bowlers away for fun and with whatever he has started this season with, his ‘Endgame’, by no means looks easy or in sight. KKR found themselves coast to 218 on the flat track and on most days You aren’t defeated with that score on the board to defend. KXIP lost both their openers cheaply and for all You know, it was soon easy to predict the outcome of this game much before it actually ended. David Miller, though found his touch alongside Mayank and Mandeep but the task to uphill to reach the peak. Andre Russell, who seemed to do no wrong in the field struck twice on a rare off day for Narine with the bowl. King Khan’s army easily cruised to 28 run victory over the Kings, who have a lot of middle muddle and questions around their team balance to answer before finding themselves up for their games ahead. KKR who now sit with on top with 2 in 2 games take the road in their upcoming fixtures and with the kind of rampage they are on, It is the opposition camp that will have to do the hard work.